Over the past few years, I have been fairly critical about Facebook — starting first with its absurd valuation, and then moving to its abuse of privacy and data mining about its users, its frequent unannounced changes to its terms, and the general disdain with which it treats its users.
Although I was an Instagram fan, once FB bought the company, I stopped using the app (there are lots of alternatives).
This morning, I was reading the latest terms of service for the photo app — and they are nothing short of insane.
1. Instagram can share information about its users with Facebook, its parent company, as well as outside affiliates and advertisers.
2. You could star in an advertisement — without your knowledge.
3. Underage users are not exempt.
4. Ads may not be labeled as ads.
5. Want to opt out? Delete your account.
Number five turns out to be a great idea — this morning, I deleted my Instagram account. At this rate, its only a matter of time before Facebook gets deleted . . .
What Instagram’s New Terms of Service Mean for You
JENNA WORTHAM and NICK BILTON
Bits, December 17, 2012, 5:02 pm